07/06/06 - NNHS Newsletter
"It is by no means enough that an officer of the Navy should be a capable
mariner. He must be that, of course, but also
John Paul Jones
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
|When I realized that the anniversary of John Paul Jones' birth was approaching, I knew I had only one course of action, and that of course was to confer with Captain Spriggs:|
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/30/06 and 07/05/06 - "Re: July 6, 1747":
|I am giving thought to some
May I assume that you already have images of JPJ's tomb in the crypt beneath the USNA Chapel?
Did I mention that I have a book dated 1907 which describes the search for and discovery of the lost gravesite in Paris, the excavations, the examination of the remains (with a photo of the amazingly preserved corpse), and the reinterment ceremonies at USNA on 24 April 1906 attended by President Roosevelt ... with photos?
....... OK, there is all kinds of Naval
music out there, but we have heard it all before, and it would not be all
that memorable, given that we are celebrating the birth of the Father of the
United States Navy.
David, this is soooo cool - and so wonderfully appropriate! You are such a super genius! Thanks so much! I love it!
(The Quotation of the Day): A "No-Brainer" for any self-respecting USNA alumni. We had to learn this quotation (among scores of others) verbatim and repeat it on demand:
Source: (and worth a look, if
you want to get an idea of the memorization load, even to this day):
As for the dial-up MIDI:
From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 06/28/06 - "Living In The 1500s":
I thought you would like this...
LIFE IN THE 1500'S
Jamey Honey, I have always delighted in knowing these obscure gems! Thanks so much for sharing this!
From Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA - 06/29/06 - "Postcard from Buckroe":
Carol, did anyone mention that the 1956 postcard with NN beauties was in the April issue of Virginia Living magazine? I missed seeing it in April but one of the beauties, Helen Avant, 1957 told me about it and I just happen to run across an issue. I'm sorry I am unable to scan it. This the postcard that also has Evelyn Fryer (Fish), 1958 (of TX) and I think Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) had some discussion about some time ago about who had a copy of it. Hopefully some of our fellow Typhoons saw it in the magazine.
So far, I've not been able to get my sticky mitts on that magazine issue, Evelyn. I tried to find it online and got nowhere. Several members of our group are possessed of Magical Abilities. Perhaps they'll have more success.
Keep up the good work! I look forward to
your newsletters every day!!!!!!!
Evelyn Casey Snead, 1957
I prefer daily issues myself. They're actually easier to prepare, in many ways. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to do this lately........
Thanks for your kind words, Evelyn! They gave me quite a boost!
From Bruce Sims ('56) of VA - 07/02/06 - "The World Situation another opinion":
A thought provoking message to read and pass along to any people
you know who may want or need to see it. God Bless AMERICA on this
4th of July and forever. Let me know how you like this.
Your Friend: Bruce Sims
This is an excellent
article. Give yourself time to read it. It's lengthy, but every word
should be absorbed. This attorney definitely knows where we stand...
The World Situation
This essay began circulating back in mid-2004 under the title "THE WORLD SITUATION - A LETTER TO MY SONS," with the following opening:
This was written by a retired attorney, to his sons, May 19, 2004.
Dear Tom, Kevin, Kirby and Ted,
As your father, I believe I owe it to you to share some thoughts on the present world situation. We have over the years discussed a lot of important things, like going to college, jobs and so forth. But this really takes precedence over any of those discussions. I hope this might give you a longer term perspective that fewer and fewer of my generation are left to speak to. To be sure you understand that this is not politically flavored, I will tell you that since Franklin D. Roosevelt, who led us through pre and WWII (1933 - 1945) up to and including our present President, I have without exception, supported our presidents on all matters of international conflict. This would include just naming a few in addition to President Roosevelt - WWII: President Truman - Korean War 1950; President Kennedy Bay of Pigs (1961); President Kennedy - Vietnam (1961); eight presidents (5 Republican & 4 Democrat) during the cold war (1945 - 1991); President Clinton's strikes on Bosnia (1995) and on Iraq (1998). So be sure you read this as completely non-political or otherwise you will miss the point.
Our country is now facing the most serious threat to its existence, as we know it, that we have faced in your lifetime and mine (which includes WWII). The deadly seriousness is greatly compounded by the fact that there are very few of us who think we can possibly lose this war and even fewer who realize what losing really means. First, let's examine a few basics:
1. When did the threat to us start? Many will say September 11, 2001. The answer as far as the United States is concerned is 1979, 22 years prior to September 2001, with the following attacks on us:
* Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979;
* Beirut, Lebanon Embassy 1983;
* Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks 1983;
* Lockerbie, Scotland Pan-Am flight to New York 1988;
* First New York World Trade Center attack 1993;
* Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Khobar Towers Military complex 1996;
* Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy 1998;
* Dares Salaam, Tanzania US Embassy 1998;
* Aden, Yemen USS Cole 2000;
* New York World Trade Center 2001;
* Pentagon 2001.
(Note that during the period from 1981 to 2001 there were 7,581 terrorist attacks worldwide).
2. Why were we attacked? Envy of our position, our success, and our freedoms. The attacks happened during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2. We cannot fault either the Republicans or Democrats as there were no provocations by any of the presidents or their immediate predecessors, Presidents Ford or Carter.
3. Who were the attackers? In each case, the attacks on the US were carried out by Muslims.
4. What is the Muslim population of the World? 25%.
5. Isn't the Muslim Religion peaceful? Hopefully, but that is really not material. There is no doubt that the predominately Christian population of Germany was peaceful, but under the dictatorial leadership of Hitler (who was also Christian), that made no difference. You either went along with the administration or you were eliminated. There were 5 to 6 million Christians killed by the Nazis for political reasons (including 7,000 Polish priests). (see http://www.nazis.testimony.co.uk/7-a.htm <http://www.nazis.testimony.co.uk/7-a.htm> )
Thus, almost the same number of Christians were killed by the Nazis, as the six million holocaust Jews who were killed by them, and we seldom heard of anything other than the Jewish atrocities. Although Hitler kept the world focused on the Jews, he had no hesitancy about killing anyone who got in his way of exterminating the Jews or of taking over the world - German, Christian or any others.
Same with the Muslim terrorists. They focus the world on the US, but kill all in the way -- their own people or the Spanish, French or anyone else. The point here is that just like the peaceful Germans were of no protection to anyone from the Nazis, no matter how many peaceful Muslims there may be, they are no protection for us from the terrorist Muslim leaders and what they are fanatically bent on doing -- by their own pronouncements -- killing all of us "infidels." I don't blame the peaceful Muslims. What would you do if the choice was shut up or die?
6. So who are we at war with? There is no way we can honestly respond that it is anyone other than the Muslim terrorists. Trying to be politically correct and avoid verbalizing this conclusion can well be fatal. There is no way to win if you don't clearly recognize and articulate who you are fighting.
So with that background, now to the two major questions:
1. Can we lose this war?
2. What does losing really mean?
Thank you, Bruce!
I had seen this letter when it
first began circulating, but had long since misplaced it.
If there is anyone out there who hasn't realized my views before now, I can only assume you've only recently joined us. I used to "keep still", but as time passes, I seem to become more and more outspoken. I think it's a hormonal imbalance........
From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD (I think...) - 07/03/06 - "Miss T. Bell":
|Hi Carol and Friends.
I wonder if anyone finds themselves reverting to things from the past when they need to refresh the mind and drum up enthusiasm for changing futures? Well, I do. I did something my children would never have thought I would. I bought a tasteful (note the need to say tasteful) Tinker Bell sticker for the back of my car window!! (She was part of the PPAA) I am adamant about having car windows spotless and no stickers of any type on a car. What has happened to me? I was thinking of happier times while buying my daughter a present and saw the Tink Bell sticker. Bought it on the spot. I am also going to add a 221 B sticker somewhere. That will be it, probably....
Don't suppose there is an aardvark
sticker anywhere or a paw print sticker? These talismans evoke very happy
memories for me.
I'm afraid this is as close as I can come to that, Frances. Surely
there's a Stickers-R-Us firm somewhere which could custom-make you one or
But I personally collect and assemble old memorabilia from my past on a regular basis - and always have! If I can't find the originals, I'll accept any reasonably close facsimiles! And even though our greatest delight is in people, not things, they nevertheless bring me great joy - probably because they evoke warmest memories of the people I love!
I enjoyed the comments about Bishop Fulton Sheen. I did not know what a Bishop was at the time. He was so handsome, so dashing in that cape. I only knew I was captivated by the man and his message. I am grateful someone brought his memory to our attention.
Frances Goodson Wang
Life is strange with its twists and turns, n'est pas?
Thanks, Lady! Take care of yourself!
From One of my
Famous Marines -
Herb Hice of MI, who
served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 07/04/06 - "Dear Carol, Always thinking of you, Take Time To Smell The ROSES":
Always thinking of you. A picture is worth a Thousand words. Have a Happy and safe 4th of July to you and your Family,
Your Friend, Herbie
Herbie, you Sweetie-Pie!!! What a perfect image of your favorite motto! Thanks so much!
And I assure you, I've been
enjoying roses and a-goofing off a-plenty this week! I've had company and cooked lotsa
food and scrapbooked and crocheted and pigged-out on old movies on
As a matter of fact, I have several friends coming over this afternoon for a Creative Memories class.
And there were ten of us gathered here in this tiny little house for a pot-luck Fourth supper. Seven of them left after that to try to watch the magnificent Independence Day celebrations and fireworks at Ft. Bragg, but security was so tight this year due to President Bush's visit that only the carload with military ID's actually made it on base.
But it was altogether a joyous day. We spent the afternoon watching "1776" (1972). A dear friend gave me the restored director's cut of that vastly under-watched movie on DVD three years ago, and it is one of my most cherished possessions.
I hope your holiday was as wonderful!
Thanks again, Herbie Darlin'!
From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 07/04/06 - "Reunion Pictures":
I am attaching a picture that I took of the members of the Class of 1961 that went on the trip to NNHS on Saturday. They are sitting on the bleachers. Unfortunately, I cropped around the people and therefore the size will no longer conform to a standard 4 x 6 printing.
That's not a problem at all, Edna! I would
have done the same thing myself!
|(I can identify about ten of these people myself, but I've not yet attached a caption.)||Fred Mays ('60) of VA and Bobby Frank ('61) of VA||Robert Buchan ('61) of VA; Leslie Frank (Bobby Frank's wife) of VA, Elizabeth Buchan of VA||_____ _____ , Steve Thomas ('61): Nancy Staton Thomas ('61), Patricia Underwood (Horace's wife)|
|Horace Underwood ('61) and Jim Elliott ('61) of AK||Dancing!||Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL; Joe Madagan ('57) of FL; and Bob Whitestone ( Judi Hawley Whitestone's husband)||Judi Hawley Whitestone ('61) and Mack Hill ('61); BACKGROUND: Jack Harrison ('61) of VA|
|SEATED: _____ _____; Libby Blechman David ('61) of VA; and Rochelle Leifer _____ ('61); STANDING IN BACKGROUND: Jack Harrison ('61) of VA; Charles Parrott (husband of Jo Ann Houston Parrott) of NC; _____ _____; and Judi Hawley Whitestone ('61)||Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) of VA; Libby Blechman David ('61) of VA; Joe Madagan ('57) of FL; Judith Mathews Swyndle ('61)||Jack Harrison ('61) of VA and Charles Parrott (husband of Jo Ann Houston Parrott) of NC||Marsha Stevens (significant other of Roy Parrish); _____ _____; and Davis Wright ('61)|
Thanks so much, Edna!
These are now posted here:
And of course we welcome any help in further identifying the individuals
- and their married names and
current states of residence - pictured.
From Jeanie Scruggs Anderson ('65) of VA - 07/05/06:
Will you please add my birthday - March 5th - and email address - email@example.com - to Class of 65 listing.
Thanks, Jeanie Scruggs Anderson
Why, I'd be glad to do that, Miss Jeanie!
And I changed your address on the (usually) hidden mailing lists, too. Thanks, Lady!
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA to us - 07/05/06 - "Worth Remembering":
Rip (Collins - '65 - of TN)!
This type is in red - for a reason?
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American G. I.
One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.
YOU MIGHT WANT TO PASS THIS ON, AS MANY SEEM TO FORGET BOTH OF THEM.
Strangely, I'd never thought of it in just that way. Thank you, Wayne Honey - and Rip Precious!
From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/06/06 - "donation":
Would you send me the email address for PayPal donations to the NNHS website?
Christine Wilson Starkman '68
Yes, ma'am! That would be NNHS65@nc.rr.com. And thank you, Chris!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/20/06 - "ATTENTION
OF 1964 TYPHOONS":
|If you will require lodging, we have
reserved a block of 15 rooms at the Point Plaza, 950 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.,
Newport News VA, for Saturday night, October 14th, at a special NNHS rate of
$79 (Standard) or $99 (Suite) plus 12.5% tax. You must make your reservation
NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2006. Call
1-757-599-4460 or 1-800-841-1112. In order to receive the special rate, you
must clearly say "NNHS Class of 1964 Birthday Celebration" when making the
reservation. Because of this requirement, it is recommended that you DO NOT
make your reservation over the Internet.
Thank you, David! Y'all have fun!
Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:
Henceforth, it will be repeated
here, lest you forget:
The Great Open Reunion
by the NNHS Class
in honor of their graduation 40 years ago will be held on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM at RJ’s Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, NN, VA.
On Saturday, September 30, 2006, meet at 11:00 AM at Newport News High School (now Huntington Hall) for a tour of the high school and gym.
Parking is available next to the gym on Huntington Avenue.
On Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 7:00 PM to midnight,,the grand affair will be held at Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA, 757-599-4460.
CONTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 06/24/06:
60th Birthday Celebration
INFORMAL "SOCK HOP" (WEEJUNS AND BLEEDING MADRAS, IF YA GOT 'EM), CATERED FOOD, ADULT BEVERAGES, MUSIC, DANCING, BIRTHDAY CAKE
We all agree that the Class of
1964 throws the best parties, and we really were flattered that so many
members of other classes attended our 40-year Reunion. However, the
Committee chose to invite only members of the Class of 1964 to our 60th
CONTACT Dave Spriggs email@example.com
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 06/23/06:
Grand 50-year Reunion
of the NNHS Class of 1956
will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the James River Country Club, Newport News, VA from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
Cost is $56.00 per person, reservations required by Aug. 1.
at 7:00 PM, a casual get-together will be held in a Hospitality
Room, Country Inn & Suites on Route 17, Newport News, for all
CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
"Dinner" Planning Meetings for
The Class of 1962!
They would love to have as many of their classmates as possible to participate in the future as they plan the details of their upcoming 45-Year Reunion!! Please plan to join them at their next meeting.
If you did not receive an announcement, they do not have your address.
Please email Pat Floyd Pride at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Brenda Amos Williams at email@example.com
for directions, and so that you can stay in touch.
Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:
AND CHECK THIS WEB PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - 05/10/06:
We're running more than a bit long today, but there's more to come next time from Paula Sturtevant Comstock ('62) of TX, John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA, Al Simms ('60) of VA, Doug Nelson ('64) of VA, and Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - and hopefully YOU!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305
(the hymn Melita) by J.B Dykes,
"Admiral Side Honors and Gun
Salute" mp3 prepared for us by Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64),
USNA ('69) of VA
Thank you so much, David!
As for the dial-up MIDI:
JPJ is buried in the crypt beneath the Naval Academy Chapel.
Perhaps the Navy Hymn would be appropriate:
Thank you again, Sir!
First Image of John Paul Jones courtesy of http://navysna.org/awards/Hall%20of%20Fame%20Write%20Ups/Jones.htm - 07/05/06
Second Image of John Paul Jones courtesy of http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/traditions/html/jpjones.html - 07/05/06
Third Image of John Paul Jones courtesy of http://www.thebestlinks.com/John_Paul_Jones.html - 07/05/06
Image of John Paul Jones' Sarcophagus at the United States Naval Academy courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paul_Jones - 07/05/06
Navy Flag Image used to create
Divider Lines courtesy of
once again at the suggestion of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64), USNA ('69) of VA - 06/29/04
Thanks once more, David! And those four gold bars are for you, Captain.
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al
Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Marine Corps Seal clip art
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Twirling Dollar Bill clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars40.html - 09/01/05
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